It's always cool when you rediscover a place that you used to frequent as a kid. In those days I didn't appreciate what the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California (just south of Pasadena), offered.
As a kid, it was just a place to hang out. As an adult, I found it to be one of the most beautiful and interesting museums I have visited in the entire world, and here it was, in my own backyard. Tracy and I liked it so much we became members (meaning we can go as often as we like during the year and even attend fee summer concerts there).
I put together a story (with some pretty nice photos...every once in a while I get lucky) of the few hours we spent there that got me reacquainted with the Huntington. Hope you enjoy it!
Very interesting report. I went there on a high school trip, as I'm sure just about everybody in Southern California does, but absolutely the only thing I really remember was seeing 'Pinkie' and 'Blue Boy.' I probably had other priorities at age 15.
Nice report, Tom. This looks like a wonderful place to visit with beautiful art and flowers, though the entrance fee might make me think twice. One of my close friends lived in Huntington Beach. Would that area be named after the same Huntington?
"One of my close friends lived in Huntington Beach. Would that area be named after the same Huntington?"
I learn something new every day. If wikipedia is to be believed, yes Huntington Beach is named after the same Henry Huntington. I never knew that, and I spent many a summer's day as a teenager body-surfing at Huntington Beach.
"One time it was known as Shell Beach, the town of Smeltzer, and then Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden West College can currently be found. Later it became known as Fairview and then Pacific City as it developed into a tourist destination. In order to secure access to the Red Car lines that used to criss-cross Los Angeles and ended in Long Beach, Pacific City ceded enormous power to railroad magnate Henry Huntington, and thus became a city whose name has been written into corporate sponsorship..."
kerouac..at 15 I'm surprised you even remembered Pinkie and Blue Boy.
The reason that those two struck me was because I had already been to the Louvre and I was surprised that they had somehow escaped being in the Louvre where absolutely everything else seemed to be. This was before the Orsay museum existed, so the concentration of ultra-famous paintings was even higher back then.